verb (used with object), de·trib·al·ized, de·trib·al·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another culture.
Also especially British, de·trib·al·ise.

Origin of detribalize

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + tribal + -ize
Related formsde·trib·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for detribalization



verb (tr)
  1. to cause members of a tribe to lose their characteristic customs or social, religious, or other organizational features
  2. to cause tribal people to adopt urban ways of life
Derived Formsdetribalization or detribalisation, noun
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